We use cookies to provide some features and experiences in QOSHE

More information  .  Close
Aa Aa Aa
- A +

The CDC needs to stop lying to Americans and treating us all like children

5 46 3

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention's latest round of COVID safety guidelines are unscientific and, in some cases, willfully deceptive.

The agency may think it's acting in the best interest of public health when it misleads us, but people generally don't react well to being manipulated, as they are right now.

Public health messaging isn't an easy job, and it's much less enviable during a pandemic.

But the excessive caution which the CDC is advising for outdoor activities this summer could prove to be the last straw for many of those who, until now, have diligently maintained compliance with COVID safety restrictions.

Instead of using obfuscation and coddling to get Americans to take the threat of COVID seriously, the CDC should be clear on the risks and level with the public that some of the restrictions imposed more than a year ago — when little was known about the virus — are no longer necessary.

Otherwise people will, rightly, tune them out.

As David Leonhardt noted Tuesday in The New York Times, the CDC is misleading the public when it says fewer than 10% of Covid transmissions occur outdoors.

The actual number, epidemiologists said, is probably between .1% and 1% — though it could even be less that.

Anywhere on that scale is a long way from "10%."

Leonhardt described the "fewer than 10%" formulation as "both true and........

© Business Insider

Get it on Google Play